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October 28, 2021

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Nicholas A. Brown
(301) 699-3500, ext. 6241
nicholas.brown@pgcmls.info

Commemorate Native American and Indigenous Heritage Month this November at PGCMLS

Largo, Md. ‒ The Prince George’s County Memorial Library System (PGCMLS) celebrates Native American and Indigenous Heritage Month this November with an exciting array of programs for all ages. Featured virtual events are: Community Conversation: Land Acknowledgement and Invisibility; a cure (11/4 at 4 pm, Adults), Independent Film Series: The Condor and the Eagle (11/22 at 7 pm, Adults), Film: The Forgotten Slavery of Our Ancestors (11/23 at 7 pm, Adults), and Indigenous Poetry Tweetalong (11/15-19 at #PgcmlsPoetry on Twitter, Teens/Adults).

As residents of Prince George’s County, we acknowledge that we gather on the traditional lands of the Mattapanient, the Patuxent, the Piscataway, the Moyaone, the Pamunkey, and the Accokeek, past and present, and honor with gratitude the land itself and the people who have stewarded it throughout the generations. This calls us to commit to continuing to learn how to be better stewards of the land we inhabit as well. Visit the Library’s Native American and Indigenous Peoples Heritage Hub to learn more about their contributions, culture, and history, available year-round.

Additional Native American and Indigenous Peoples programs (virtual, unless otherwise indicated):

Other events of interest this November include Alabama State Poet Laureate Ashley Jones in Conversation with Prince George’s County Poet Laureate Sistah Joy Alford (11/1), Prince George's County Reads: "A Question of Freedom" (11/2), and Health and Wellness Open Houses featuring free coats for kids (11/6 | Oxon Hill Branch and 11/13 | New Carrollton Branch).

The 2022-2026 Alabama State Poet Laureate and Award-winning poet Ashley M. Jones is the author of “Magic City Gospel” (Hub City Press 2017), “dark / / thing” (Pleiades Press 2019), and “REPARATIONS NOW!” (Hub City Press 2021). She is also the youngest and Alabama's first Black poet laureate.

The inaugural selection for Prince George’s County Reads is "A Question of Freedom: The Families Who Challenged Slavery from the Nation's Founding to the Civil War" by William G. Thomas III. A limited number of complimentary copies of the book are available for customers at all open PGCMLS branch libraries beginning November 1.

The Health and Wellness Open Houses being held from 1-3 pm, on Saturdays, November 6 and 13, offer activities and a free new coat (sizes 2T-18) for kids in need of one this winter. Limit two coats per family, while supplies last. The PGCMLS Foundation generously sponsored the free coats.

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About the Prince George’s County Memorial Library System

The Prince George’s County Memorial Library System (PGCMLS) helps customers discover and define opportunities that shape their lives. The Library serves the 967,000+ residents of Prince George’s County, Maryland through 19 branch libraries, a 24/7 online library, and pop-up services throughout the community. PGCMLS is a responsive and trusted community-driven organization. Programs, services, and outreach activities serve booklovers, immigrants and refugees, job seekers, children, young professionals, seniors, and families alike. Learn more at pgcmls.info/about-us.